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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Episode 80 The Owl That Might Have Been

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Pipeliner Notes

We did buy that first house we looked at because I fell in love with the front door. I could not have goats there.
I made a mistake when I told you last week about the way I do the selvedges instead of slipping the first stitch.  See directions in the sidebar on this site.
Last week’s episode brought out the goat lovers and back to the landers.  If anyone does send me a goat I will give it to one of you.
I read a note from SpringPeeper about her fondness for goats. 
Asta wrote about gjetost.  It is eaten in very thin slices and not combined with meat or much else other than perhaps a dab of lingonberry jam.

Nature Notes
Saturday morning I went on a Snowy Owl Expedition by myself.  A snowy owl had been seen at Illinois Central College.  This seemed to be the perfect moment for a snowy owl appearance as I was listening to David Tolk (see In The Pipeline), but I did not see one.
I took a walk later that day about sunset and I was looking up into the sky in a moment of complete reverie when I saw a white bird flapping its wings WAY UP HIGH.  I am 90% certain it was a Snowy Owl but can’t be sure.

Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Needle Notes

Spectra by Stephen West

Began Gyllis by Stephen West but I frogged it.  The way the pattern was written was too frustrating.
OhSo Hat by Lee Bernstein
Well-written pattern and wonderful for beginners. Photos show female models but really is unisex and my husband likes it. 

Piper’s Journey KAL
Wave 2 starts March 5.  We started a new thread on March 1st because the other thread is getting quite long and that can be discouraging if you are just getting into it. Seasoned PJ knitters can jump in to help.
Piper's Journeys from left to right by Charr, Bronwyn, and Paula

In The Pipeline
New shawl design called Hyla Brook and socks for retreat.

Considering casting on one of the other designs in Scarves, Etc.  Not sure which one.

Downtown Abbey is not a soap Opera.  Soap operas do not make a lasting impression, they do not have costumes like this or film in castles, and they do not have Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.  You might say that soaps have come a long way since I last saw one in 1968 but they have not evolved that much.
Finished Birds of a Feather #2 in Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. 
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonsen  Random House 2010  Love, love, love this book!    Helen Simonsen’s first novel and may she write many more. The writing reminds me so much of Alexander McCall Smith.
Since finishing The Paris Wife by Paula McClain I am catching up on podcasts.  Thank you to Louise of Caithness Craft Collective Podcast for her shout out for Piper’s Journey.
David Tolk.  In Reverence.  Title song of CD which I have purchased on iTunes.  Beautiful.

The Blethering Room
I tell a story about meeting Hazel Carter, lace knitter and designer, about 2000.  I asked her how to pronounce “Mma” and “Rra”.
Travel safely to the Knitting Pipeline Retreat.  Yikes! It starts tomorrow!
Have a great week.  Haste ye back.  Hold your knitting close.


Lee Bernstein said...


I don't know how you ever found the time to broadcast just prior to the Knitting Pipeline Retreat. You must be one of the most organized people EVER. Leave it to you to always be there for your listeners, no matter what.

I have all good faith you'll meet--really meet--a Snowy Owl this season. I must admit to having a secret wish that one might appear at the retreat. Wouldn't that be an awe inspiring experience?

I'm off to pack. Thank you most dearly for your kind words about The OhSo Hat. You have no idea what a thrill this brought.

See you at the retreat!

Taloferia said...

Thanks for another great episode, Paula, I look forward to it each week. I appreciate your honesty about the Stephen West pattern, as well; I think that constructive criticism is so valuable.
I am writing, though, to thank you for the David Tolk music. I too fell in love immediately and went straight to iTunes to buy the album. It is so beautiful and worshipful, thank you so much for the recommendation.

Jane said...

Hi Paula, As I write, the retreat is in progress and I am thinking of all of you. Sometimes I think we could be kindred spirits. I agree with your comments on Downtown Abbey. "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" is equally enjoyable on audio. I loved the similarities but differences in the way both main characters were constrained by their own ideas of what was proper and right. Also, the Maisie Dobbs books are great on audio. For the record, I think you saw a snowy owl. Prairiepoet, Jane

Penelope Z said...

Hi Paula,

I hope the retreat went well - how I wish I could have zipped over from Connecticut!

It was my birthday on Friday, March 2, and I received a delightful present - a gift certificate for Quince & Company!!! Can you guess what I purchased? Right - 3 skeins of Chickadee in Nasturtium and the Piper's Journey pattern! I'll be far behind in the KAL, but hope to have the project finished for a trip to Paris in April.

My best to you, Char, and Bronwyn!

Penny aka muzzerz

rusticknitter said...

Thinking of you all at the retreat. Hope that terrible weather has not come close to you. I was worried!

ElsieJoy said...

Please, please, please will you stop calling it DownTOWN is DownTON. Most annoying for this Brit

Marilyn said...

Paula, I bought your Piper's Journey pattern and started it immediately. I finished in two weeks and thought I would give it to my sister as a birthday gift. Well, I always reserve the right to wear shawls once before I give them away and I wore it for the first time Saturday. I got so many compliments that I'm thinking of keeping it and knitting her another one. Just thought you should know that I enjoyed the pattern and the finished results. Thanks for a pretty pattern and an outstanding podcast.

Ana said...

Hi Paula,
Your favorite edging is the exact one used in the Maluka shawl by Bea Schmidt! (Bronwyn made it for her mother at Christmas time as she shared on your podcast.) I recognized it immediately because I have just executed that edging 270 times! It's beautiful and very handy for picking up stitches...

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